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In memory of Robin Williams ( July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014 )

August 25, 2014

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I am fond of funny and witty people. I therefore married a man like that and admired celebrities with such quality. On hearing the death of Robin Williams, my heart sank. My first impression on him was an inspiring English teacher in Dead Poet Society, which is a moive I saw in high school. Ever since then, I was amazed by almost every character he played. In addition to Good Will Hunting, I also love Birdcage, Jumanji, Vicentennial Man and Night at the Museum. However, I didn’t really try to understand Robin Williams until I heard of his death. I read an article on Time and a report on BBC. I was shocked that he had been suffering from depression, drug and alcohol abuse for many years. I found that he has a talent to bring happiness to the world but himself. He has so much love and attention from his family, friends and fans, but not from himself. I guess the greatest challenge and enemy of a man is himself. He has brought so much laughters and inspiration not only to his audience, but also to the people around him. One of his comedian friends once said, ” Robin looks after everyone. If only he would have looked after himself.” However, in a sense, he is immortal. He lives in the sitcoms and movies he starred. As what I read from Time, ” Our friend isn’t gone forever. We’ll always keep him right here.”

( Excerpted from Time, Aug 25th, 2014. )
Addicted to cocaine and alcohol, Williams also made frequent guest appearances at rehab clinics, held over by his own demand. His wild ways exhausted two wives and widowed the third, Susan Schneider, whom by all accounts he adored. He suffered from depression, not a rare malady for comedians and surrendered to it on Aug.11, when he handed himself in his Tiburon, Calif., home. Rigor mortis had already set in when his personal assistant found him. Williams was 63.

Movie goers detect the ache in his comic panache and the sad sweetness at his core.

Zelda, 25, Williams’ daughter
My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now that’s gone, and I feel stripped bare. My last day with his was his birthday—July 21st, three weeks before his death—and I will be forever grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter. He was always warm, even in his darkest moments. While I’ll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there’s minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions.

Robin’s father Robert, a Ford-Motor executive, died in 1987. In Robin’s 1998 Oscar acceptance speech, he reserved the final thank-you for “my father up there, the man who when I said I wanted to be an actor, he said, “Wonderful, just have a backup profession, like welding.” Robin also had a really formal upbringing. He came from an upper-middle-class family, very educated, very well read, very knowledgeable about everything, about literature.

With both parents often absent, Robin was a lonely child, playing with his enormous collections of toys; the family maids were his main minders and first audience. The Williams later moved to a 40-room home in Bloomfield Hills, a suburb of Detroit, and when Robert retired he settled the family in Marin County, California, where Robin attended Redwood High School and emerged from his shell of shyness to join the drama society. In senior year he was voted both “funniest” and “least likely to succeed.” He attended Claremont Men’s College and later received a scholarship to study at New York City Juilliard School. One of his classmates was Christopher Reeve, who would find stardom as the movies’ Superman in 1978, the year Williams broke out as Mork—two actors with Broadway dreams who reached megafame playing endearing aliens.

There are some more reports about Wiliams

http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-28756221
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-28749702
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-28752027
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-28751241

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